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Manuel Cordova Galarza, Quito, Ecuador
My 3 best friends and I recently started practicing yoga. We discovered it independently - Ellen in Alaska, Anna in Michigan, Katie in Ecuador, and me in NY. While visiting Ecuador this past June for Katie's wedding, we came up with the brilliant...
Bonfim, Salvador - BA, Brazil
The Bonfim church in Salvador, Brazil has become famous for their colorful wish ribbons. Thousands of ribbons are tied to the fence surrounding the church. It's an amazing sight and ritual! Visitors to the church can tie a ribbon to their wrist...
Muze Yolu Cad. No:36/1 Goreme, 50180 Göreme Belediyesi/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
For a truly spectacular experience that will take your breath away - take a smooth ride hot air ballooning over the cave city & fairy chimneys in Cappodica, Turkey! There are many balloons that take off at the same time each morning adding to the...
Waimoku Falls, Hawaii 96713, USA
I used to live in Maui, right at the start of the Hana Highway, and driving the famous road was a weekly ritual. I recently went back to visit and found it still as breathtaking as ever. To avoid the tourist traffic (Mustangs seem to be the...
Sido Kanhu Dahar, Bara Bazar, Bow Barracks, Kolkata, West Bengal 700069, India
Sugarcane juice is a popular drink on the streets of India. It's the perfect thirst quencher on a hot day. When I was in Calcutta I was mesmerized as I watched vendors, like the one above, extract juice by pushing raw sugar cane through a...
Market, Bhayavadar, Gujarat 360450, India
Before the Navratri festival (9 nights), streetside vendors sell hundreds of thousands of these dandiya sticks which carry the rhythm of dancing across the entire state of Gujarat! Traditionally made of wood, the fancy ones above are colored...
Dholka, Gujarat 382225, India
Hot afternoon of field research on women's self-employment and prospects for emerging village enterprises. We took a break from home visits and interviewed these women as they gathered water for their households. So fiercely capable, strong, and...
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
In a tiny village outside of Ahmedabad, I had tea with a sweet woman whose dowry included all of the copper and brass pots, stainless steel dishware, and the painted wooden cabinet below. The setup was completely normal to her, but I was enchanted...
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
After an entire weekend of kite flying during the Uttarayan festival in January, every neighborhood was littered with kite remnants. The competitions during the festival involve kite strings coated in a sharp glaze of glass shards to help slice...
Anjuna, Goa 403509, India
I had finally settled down on the beach after a grueling yoga class on the shore of Anjuna, just down from the amazing market, when a girl with the most stunning green eyes appeared as if in a vision from behind the cow. She instantly sat down and...
Place Massena, Nice, France
The popular shopping center in Nice is at the Place Massena. You will know you arrived there when you stepped on the checkered tiles. From there, you can explore the near by streets for more stores as well. The better part is that the tram goes...